Mysuru: With the government instructing the banks to use indelible ink to avoid repeated exchange of currencies by same person, Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd is busy manufacturing the ‘voters’ ink’ in large scale to meet the demand.
Indelible ink is called the ‘voters’ ink’ because this is the same ink that is marked on the fingers of the voters to identify that they have already cast their votes. Now, with demonetisation of the high denomination notes-Rs 500 and Rs 1000, the banks have started using indelible inks to mark the customers coming to bank to exchange the invalid currency notes, as there are reports that the rich are making use of gullible people as proxy customers to exchange their black money strategically. This is for the first time ever that the voters’ ink is being used for non-polling purpose. On the instruction from government of India, Reserve Bank of India print unit in Mysuru has already taken 2300 bottles of indelible ink measuring 5ml each from Mysore Paints and Varnish.
HA Venkatesh, Chairman, Mysore Paint and Varnishes Limited said that they have been receiving several calls from banks for indelible ink. “With the available stocks we have given Reserve Bank of India, Mysuru 2300 bottles, Punjab Bank 20 bottles, RBI Delhi 500 bottles. The quantity of each bottle is 5ml. Apart from this many has given indent for us. Every minute demand is increasing. Hence keeping this in mind from Wednesday we will be manufacturing in large scale”.
C Hara Kumar, General Manager (Marketing), Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited confirmed that this is for the first time indelible ink is being used for other than voting or election purpose. Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited successfully supplied indelible ink with packing size starts from 5ml, 10ml, 20ml, 25ml, 40ml, 60ml, 70ml, 80ml and 100ml with sponge insert, stick applicator, brush applicator and nozzle applicator.
MPVL is the sole authorized supplier of foolproof indelible ink in India having exclusive license granted by NRDC New Delhi since 1962. It has touched over 4.5 billion of voters in India and across the globe. Since 1976, MPVL is also exporting the indelible ink to 28 different countries across the world including Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Nepal, Canada, Malaysia and Cambodia.